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Graphic Organizer

The following standards-based lesson plans—from the Beacon Learning Center—provide practical classroom applications of this reading strategy.

  • Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
    Students use graphic organizers and create timelines to make an historical connection to the 1960s as a prereading activity for "The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963."

  • Rip, You're Sleepin' Your Life Away
    A Venn diagram is used to show how two things are alike and different. Think about Rip's life before and after he fell asleep for 20 years. Fill in the Venn diagram by writing how Rip's old life and his new life are alike and how they are different.

  • Out of the Dust 3
    While students are reading the novel, OUT OF THE DUST, they create charts, answer questions, and ultimately take an FCAT type assessment to demonstrate understanding of what they read.

  • Plot the Oysters’ Peril!
    After reading the narrative poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll, students use a comic strip format to study the organization and presentation of ideas and supporting details in the plot sequence of the poem.

  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
    Students compare/contrast characters from various texts and compile the collected information into several graphic organizers.

  • A Graphic Scene
    Using collected information, students compare and contrast characters from various texts within a Venn Diagram.

  • Are They the Same or Different?
    Using a graphic organizer, students synthesize and separate collected information.

  • Human Impact on the Everglades Environment
    Students research changes the Army Corps made in Everglades, focus on the human impact on the environment, design graphic organizers, summary statements, develop a Florida map of the Everglades region and give a presentation about what they learned.


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